It’s been a year and a bit since I moved into my new home. It’s exactly how I vision my home to look like, from the flooring to the drapes – even little detail like the moldings on the ceiling. In fact, I’m actually not quite done, there’s maybe 10 more items that’s on my wish list. I like to change/add to my home. I want it to be perfect. I want every single paint/objects in my house to mean something to us. I’m huge on photographs and memories. I love collecting items when I travel so I can bring a little piece of memory home.
As I sit here and looked around my house – I’m happy and feel so blessed that I have this roof over our heads and enough space for us to come home every night and feel comfortable. I’m sure you all know by now that I love to travel, I love to explore try and eat new things. My work requires me to travel a lot, although it’s never anywhere exciting – but it’s always a new location each time in Ontario. Ontario is huge! So even though some days like last week where I got sent to Cornwall or a few months ago I was in North Ontario in the middle of winter. Yes. -30 degrees. As much as I complain about the cold, I’m happy that I get to travel to all these places. I’m happy that I get to meet these people. It really put my world into perspective. I meet people in plain closed community; I meet people from a very very very small town community. Each and everyone of them are so sweet and welcoming when I arrive, I get to hear their stories and different life styles. To them a 2 hour drive is very common. I once I heard a woman say driving to Ikea is a day trip. 4 hours there and 4 hours back. But she makes it fun – “you just make a family day trip out of it!” I admire them, because I would never have the patience to do that or would I be happy travelling 4 hours to Ikea just to buy a bed frame. You really develop a different appreciation of life and what you take for granted like my 30 mins to Ikea is nothing compare to these people.
In all honestly, Toronto is a very materialistic environment. Full confession, I buy things where in no way I “need”. Like my make up brush owl holder? Do I really need to pay $15 dollars for that? No not really – I could simply use a left over spaghetti jar and call it a day. But because, I’m surrounded by the media influence, it becomes a “need” that I “need’ this fancy owl jar with pretty pebbles to hold up my brushes.
The point of this post is to start collecting memories but not “things”. I’m still working on this, it’s actually a very difficult task for me because I’m easily distracted and influenced by the media and marketing. But this is something I’m slowly working on – it’s not going to happen overnight. But slowly, I will change my lifestyle to be less materialized.
I absolutely love my first home. I love how personalized this home is, this home is filled with love from my family and I wouldn’t have it any other way. This is home.
Thanks so much for reading,